About the Collection
The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports bound by session of Congress. It began publication with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817). Documents before 1817 may be found in the American State Papers. In general, it includes: committee reports related to bills and other matters, presidential communications to Congress, treaty materials, certain executive department publications, and certain non-governmental publications.
Immigration Commission Reports. During the 2nd and 3rd sessions of the 61st Congress, reports on immigration issues were issued to the Senate. This resulted in the issuance in 1911 of 42 volumes formally referred to as the Immigration Commission Reports. These volumes are also commonly called the Dillingham Commission Report with reference to the chair of the commission, William P. Dillingham, Senator from Vermont during the years 1900–1923.
The immigration reports include statistical reviews, emigration and immigration conditions in Europe and other parts of the world, occupations of immigrants (including extensive coverage of immigrants in the industries of the time), living conditions, conditions of immigrants in major metropolitan and agricultural areas, the schooling of immigrant children, social and cultural organizations and societies of immigrants, and immigration legislation at the state and federal levels.
Women and Child Wage Earners in the U.S. Also during the 2nd and 3rd sessions of the 61st Congress, reports on issues of women and children wage-earners in the United States were delivered by the Bureau of Labor in 19 volumes. These reports include histories of women in industry and labor unions, the employment of women in trade, factories, and agriculture, family budgets, conditions under which children left school to obtain work, infant mortality in relation to the employment of mothers, disease and causes of death among women and child workers, issues of juvenile delinquency and crime, labor laws, and the beginnings of child labor legislation.